7: Agent Smith
Played by the always entertaining Hugo Weaving, Agent Smith from the Matrix is a truly menacing antagonist. Seemingly unkillable at first, Agent Smith is the perfect opposing force against Neo and the others. He serves to challenge the hero and force him to overcome, and that is exactly what a great villain needs to be. Despite the Matrix sequels being, well, rather disappointing to say the least, Weaving as Smith continued to be an entertaining antagonist to watch.
6: T-1000 (T2: Judgement Day)
For me, it was a real tossup between the T-800 in the first film and the T-1000. Part of me wants to give it to the T-800, but my opinion is bias due to the T-800 being such a great hero in the second film, so I gave it to the T-1000. Regardless, the T-1000 is a revolutionary antagonist for the special effects industry, just like the next villain. While he is more of a force of destruction rather than a fleshed out character, he is a perfect example of how to make the antagonist such an unstoppable force that the heroes must struggle to defeat him.
5: Gollum/Sméagol (LOTR)
Whether or not Gollum/Sméagol is a true villain might be debatable, but to me, he is one of the most complex and intriguing ones in film. He is a tragic villain, who is not entirely in control of his own actions due to the One Ring's overwhelming power. Andy Serkis' motion capture performance revolutionized filmmaking by proving that motion capture is a valid form of acting, and he continues to deliver groundbreaking performances in his current films.
Whether you include Ian McKellen or Michael Fassbender's role as the character, Magneto is a timeless villain. Magneto should be ranked above the character that next on the list (which you will see in the next post) because he is a far more complex and well developed character, but due to Magneto being more of an anti-hero, especially in the last two films, he is ranked at number four. With that out of the way, Magneto is an intriguing antagonist due to his motives not always being straightforward. You never know what his true intentions are until his plan unfolds, and yet his ultimate goals are not always wrong, but rather he is going about them in the wrong way.
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